Sam Hubbard among three OSU DEs & Baker on Nagurski list; Jamarco & Price on Outland
Billy Price also mentioned as No. 1 center prospect; Marcus Baugh coming off 24-catch season
Duo honored by conference for 3.7 or better GPA in 2016-17 academic year
Team had a spring semester GPA of 2.92 with 44 players at or above a 3.00 GPA
Rimington Trophy selects Price to its preseason list; Lott IMPACT Trophy tabs Lewis & Hubbard
The Buckeyes open up the 2017 campaign in Bloomington with a Big Ten clash with the Hoosiers.
The Buckeyes travel to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions in a primetime B1G matchup.
Scenes from the Buckeyes' Big Ten opener against the Scarlet Knights.
Scenes from the Buckeyes' season opener at Ohio Stadium on September 3, 2016
Ohio State Football concludes spring practice with the LiFE Sports Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 16, 2016.
Notable: Price has started 41 consecutive games and he is on pace to break Luke Fickell's school record for starts and consecutive starts of 50, set between 1993-96 ... Pat Elflein has played in the most games for an Ohio State football player: 55.
Honors & Awards:
2016: First-team All-American (American Football Coaches Association), first-team All-Big Ten (coaches and media), Team captain, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
2015: Third-team All-Big Ten (coaches)
2014: Academic All-Big Ten Conference, OSU Scholar-Athlete
2013: OSU Scholar-Athlete
2016 Season (Junior): For the third consecutive year, Price started every game to increase his total to 41 games played and 41 starts ... he was a leader - he was voted one of the team's captains - and one of two first-team All-Americans along the offensive line that also featured three first-year starters ... the unit helped the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in rushing at 245.2 yards per game and rank 11th nationally ... Ohio State also led the Big Ten in total offense for the third time in four years, and it included a school-record 776 yards of total offense against Bowling Green ... the team's offensive line unit was one of three nationally selected as a finalist for the Joe Moore Offensive Line of the Year Award ... before the season, Price travelled to Jamaica as part of the Athletic Department's Soles4Souls program, immersing himself in the Jamaican culture while being exposed to the impact on a community that giving a pair of shoes to those in need can have ... and in July he spent a week interning at the headquarters of NIKE, in Beaverton, Ore.
2015 Season (Sophomore): Price started every game for the second consecutive season, 13 in all for the 12-1 Buckeyes … he was part of an offensive line unit that helped Ohio State lead the Big Ten in rushing at 245.2 yards per game and finish second in scoring and third in total offense … the Buckeyes had three 300-yard rushing games, including a season-best 369 yards vs. Michigan which ranks as the most yards gained rushing by Ohio State ever vs. Michigan … Price was named third-team all-Big Ten by the conference coaches and honorable mention all-Big Ten by the media.
2014 Season (Freshman): After a red-shirt season in 2013, Price stepped into the starting lineup at one of the guard positions and proceeded to start all 15 games at guard for the College Football Playoff national champions ... and this was after spending much of the 2014 spring season practicing at center ... Price started the first three games of the season at right guard and then moved to left guard, where started the final 12 games ... his play improved considerably as he gained experience and as the season wore on, and he was credited with making key blocks for critical touchdowns in crucial games: by J.T. Barrett vs. Penn State and Ezekiel Elliott vs. Alabama ... Price was named a second-team freshman All-America by both Phil Steele and Athlon's ... his play helped the Buckeyes rank ninth nationally with 264.4 rushing yards per game.
More on Billy: Price was the Associated Press’s 2012 Division I co-defensive player of the year in the state of Ohio (along with teammates Gareon Conley and Tracy Sprinkle) and a first-team all-state pick … a consensus four-star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports, Scout) … rated among the top 200 players on the Rivals 250 and a member of the ESPN 300, Price was the third Buckeye to commit to the Class of 2013 with his decision coming Feb. 13, 2012 … rated as the No. 17 defensive tackle nationally by 247Sports and No. 21 by Scout … helped Fitch to a 9-2 record in 2012 and to the state playoffs … also helped Fitch to the state playoffs in 2010 with a 10-2 record and again in 2011 … was named first-team all-state as a junior when he recorded 40 tackles with three sacks, 10 TFLs and an interception … coached by Phil Annarella … placed seventh in the discus at the 2012 Ohio outdoor state track and field meet after placing sixth in the shot and second in the weight throw indoors … is the son of Bill Price and Pam & Dave Lescsak … has two younger siblings: Savannah and Andrew.